Happy Thanksgiving to our American chums! 🦃 Good morning from the beautiful ancient cobbled streets of Rye, East Sussex, England. Big thanks to @visualair
for permission to use this shot...perhaps some of you saw it on Reddit? Well, @visualair
(Sam Moore) is the author of this brilliant photo. Love this view, always reminds me of the classic computer game Escape From Monkey Island!
On the right of the picture you can see the ancient Mermaid Inn. It's cellars were built in 1156AD - over 600 years before America as a new nation was founded. The Mermaid was also a haunt of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers, who would often celebrate at the inn after a successful smuggling exchange on the nearby shore. Can you imagine the amount of grog-filled stories told here? Amazing. Originally granted to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy in 1017, Rye was reclaimed by Henry III in 1247 and blossomed as a Cinque Port, vital to England's defence.
The French regularly attacked or raided Rye and even the Spanish did on occasion. Some attacks were worse than others; in 1377, a French assault resulted in the complete desolation of Rye town by fire. The bells from St Mary’s Church were also stolen on this occasion but the men of Rye and neighbouring settlement Winchelsea sought revenge and set sail for France. This retaliation was fruitful as they returned with the bells and an assortment of other goods that had been stolen on a previous French raid!
I’ve not gone daft mentioning an American tradition on a British page, it's one event I wish we had similar here. Any excuse for a good slap-up dinner! We've already "borrowed" Black Friday and the American-style of Halloween. I lived in the States for 10 years and I'm seriously craving pumpkin pie right about now. Please send me an emergency slice. Fancy an American connection? Rye has attracted many artists and writers, including the much acclaimed Henry James, the American novelist, who was resident between 1898 and 1916. Big thanks to @visualair
for this great shot. Have a lovely day! 🦃 🇬🇧